PRINT January 2006

International News

Nicholaus Schafhausen

GERMAN-BORN CURATOR Nicolaus Schafhausen has been newly appointed as director of Witte de With in Rotterdam, replacing interim director Hans Maarten van den Brink and taking a position held by Catherine David from 2002 to 2004. Until recently, Schafhausen headed the Frankfurter Kunstverein, where he instigated a focused program of exhibitions, lectures, and publications that turned the Kunstverein into one of Europe’s most interesting art spaces. Among his achievements in Frankfurt were shows by Liam Gillick (1999), Gerard Byrne (2003), and Cerith Wyn Evans (2004), as well as exhibitions for which the habitual term “theme show” seems inadequate: “New Heimat” (2001–2002) approached questions of migration and identity through a combination of con- temporary art and “ethnographic” artifacts; “Adorno” (2003–2004) investigated the contemporary relevance of Theodor Adorno’s modernist aesthetics,

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